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Anniversary Dinner Recs

Thanks for the info on Propsect. Just called them and verified that they will be closed through Wed., at least.

Aug 30, 2010
ickster in San Francisco Bay Area

Anniversary Dinner Recs

13th. Want to surprise wife, who is flying in from Los Angeles to meet me on Wednesday night.

We have limited experience with restaurants in SF, but have been to A16, Perbacco, Ferry Bldg. restaurants, previously.

Want something on the nicer side, modern, lively. Great seafood is always a plus.

Where would you want to go for an anniversary dinner w significant other?

Aug 30, 2010
ickster in San Francisco Bay Area

Amazing tamales de Chipilín found at La Adelita!

Chipilin. When I was a kid, my grandparents from Sonora would come back to the States with a small bag of those little chiles. I know that they grow wild in desert climates. They would use the small round chiles to flavor soups such as Albondigas and Menudo, as well as to cook stewed meat dishes such as Chile Colorado. I had heard about the Chipilin tamales, but have never tried them nor tasted the leaves. Thanks for the heads up.

Aug 27, 2010
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find the best Katsu-Don?

I like the Katsu Don at Suehiro Cafe on First Street in Little Tokyo, a Japanese diner.

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Suehiro Cafe
337 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Aug 27, 2010
ickster in Los Angeles Area

California Science Center Area

This isnt walking distance, but Id say go to either North to Botega Louie which is downtown or drive west to Harold and Belles for sit down Creole.

Aug 27, 2010
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Pint Jars in LA??

Target stores usually carry them. Just bought some in Pasadena.

Aug 27, 2010
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Spot prawns? Or, big fat shrimp.

There are a few places that sell them live, if you want to cook them yourself. The Japanese fish market wholesalers have them, just east of downtown. Try International Marine Products about --$22/lb or so.

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International Marine Products
500 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA

Aug 27, 2010
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Lupe's #2

Colleagues and I took the Gold Line out to East Los Angeles to try the burritos. We ended up finding that there is a lot more than burritos and ordered a wide sampling of the menu, including bean and cheese burritos, meat/bean/green chile/cheese burritos, meat/bean/red chile sauce/cheese burritos, fried beef tacos, fried taquitos with guacamole, and even a chile dog. You sit at a stool at the counter, look at the menu which is on an oldschool type board and then place the order from the owner who will come up to you and ask what you want.

I had:

1). A green chile burrito with beans and cheese, which I think is called a green chile special. It is made as you watch by placing a huge flour tortilla on the flat-top griddle, and then slathered with beans, chunks of tender beef, pieces of roasted or stewed green chile and shredded cheese and then folded. It is left on the griddle for a minute or so to heat the tortilla and melt the cheese. The burrito is wrapped in paper and you are given a fork, as it is very saucy and might end up needing the utensil to finish it off. I liked the burrito a lot, but maybe next time no cheese.

2). Fried Taco. Ground beef in a corn tottilla, fried. Lettuce, yellow cheese and a thin spicy red sauce is added. About two minutes from the time you order to the time its served. Crispy taco that is basic and good.

3). Fried Taquitos. Two to an order, thin guacamole sauce, with a dab of the thin red chile sauce on top. Fried when ordered.

4). Root beer soda with crushed ice.

Coworkers had:

1). Bean and Cheese Burrito, plain.

2). Bean and Cheese Burrito with Red Chile Sauce. Same as above, but spicy.

3). Chili Dog. Sliced lengthwise, put on the griddle, warm soft pliable bun with mustard, relish and onions and chili. Good meaty dog.

While there I noticed other presumably long time customers ordering a number of items that seemed off the menu or a bit different--some of them being a burrito with sliced hot dogs, a four fingered dog which was two sliced hot dogs, grilled and put into a hamburger bun. It seems as if you can go off menu and make various combinations by adding the green or red chile to any item , putting hot dogs into anything or making various combinations. I will be back to try the red chile burrito with chicharron as I once had something along these lines in somewhere that was good.

The food is neither authentic Mexican as it won't be found in some little town in Sonora nor is it nouveau trendy. It is good food made by someone who has dedicated her life to delivering a limited menu of Mexican American and Los Angeles specialties. So for those of you who strictly and only eat food with the official authentic seal of approval or those of you who are trend horrors, you wont like this place and it isnt for you. For those of you looking for basic good tasting food at a place with history, ambiance and with an A rating from the health department to boot, please venture and enjoy. Everyone in our party enjoyed the food and the talk with the owner, who might seem a bit rough at first but warms up quickly especially if you take an interest in the food and history of the place.

A few logistics: Our office is downtown and we took the Red Line to Union Station and transferred to the Gold Line. We got off at the East LA Civic Center stop, but you can actually get off one stop earlier at the Maravilla station and walk one block east as the stand is in between both stops. Bring cash.

Nov 19, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

MOST OUTSTANDING BURRITOS IN LOS ANGELES AREA

Cagey-

Is the shrimp grilled, cooked with a sauce or battered and fried?

Nov 19, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

MOST OUTSTANDING BURRITOS IN LOS ANGELES AREA

I like the following burritos:

1. The carne asada burrito at Yuca's in Los Feliz. It has whole beans, pico de gallo and meat.
2. The machaca and egg burrito at La Llamarada in Lincoln Heights.
3. The green chile, bean and cheese burrito at Lupe's #2 on third street. in East LA. It has refried beans, beef and chunks of green chile (a la Hatch NM).
4. The all meat al pastor burrito at El Taurino.
5. The carnitas burrito at Antojitos Denise on Olympic in East LA.
6. The al pastor burrito and carne asade burrito at Sergios in the city of Commerce. The menudo is good there too.

Nov 19, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Best Taco Stands in LA

isnt that where the el korita truck used to be at? with the homemade torts and the mulas?

Nov 13, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Best Taco Stands in LA

I agree manku. The tortillas they use for tacos are pretty bad. I get the asada burrito with those juicy beans and the pibil as it is hard to find in that neck of the woods (but there are better ones out there so I dont rave about it). Burritos are the way to go, although my son prefers the burgers of all things.

Nov 13, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Looks like a Kogi truck, but it's not...

Whats that quote about all new things....

Its been discussed here previously, but there used to be a place called Don Taco, or something along those lines, that used to make stir fried burritos. It was marinated meat, with onions and peppers--dont remember exactly but I believe the marinade was soy based. It was on Western and now makes roasted chickens I believe. Fans of that place have raved about it. The first place doing chino-latino combo in LA (asian style meat in a tortilla).

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Don Taco
1701 Truman St, San Fernando, CA 91340

Nov 13, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Lunch Downtown

Ended up speaking to their special events department,a s I couldnt get a hold of anyone at the restaurant, where I was informed that Patina is closed for lunch and only serves dinner currently. The young lady reserved a table for 12 at Nick and Stefs for me. I had previously been there for dinner a few times, but never for lunch. I had the skirt steak salad seved on endive with roquefort, which was good, but I wish it had a bit more cheese. Others in the party had burgers, the lamb sirloin, and rib eye which is off the menu but can be ordered regardless. There was one vegetarian in the group and they composed a huge plate of roasted asparagus, brussel sprouts and cremini mushrooms which were delicious. I tasted the mac and cheese side which was pretty good as well. The service was good, the place is noisy. Ill be back. Do others like this place for lunch?

Nov 13, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Grass Fed Beef in HP!!

Whats the address to Figueroa Produce? Never been and it seems like it might be right around the corner.

Nov 12, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Lunch Downtown

Does anyone know if Patina at the Disney Concert Hall is open for lunch during weekdays? I tried calling them but couldnt reach a live person.

I need to schedule a lunch for 12, downtown, within walking distance of the LA Times building on First Street. Any recs?

Thanks.

Nov 12, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat in Little Tokyo

There is a lot written on the board about the following places:

Suehiro Cafe on 1st Street has a large menu and a good sampling of cooked japanese food. I like the various dishes over rice, (pork katsy don) the shumai and gyoza and the koika on the specials board, although thats fried seafood. I dont go there for noodles as they are just so so or sushi which they dont serve.

Sushi Gen is known for their fish and their lunch specials.

Kokekoko does grilled chicken on skewers.

Izayoi has some interesting cooked dishes and I think good lunch specials.

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Izayoi
132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Suehiro Cafe
337 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Nov 06, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Potimarron squash sighting in LA?

I would think one of the specialty produce purveyors at the wholesale produce market at Olympic and Alameda should be carrying it. There are large operations like Melissa's, as well as specialty family run produce shops that sell primarily to markets and the restaurant trade. Its easy enough to drive in and walk around and ask who sells the item in question.

Also, think I saw squash at McGrath Farms up in Ventura previously.

Melissa's: 1.800.588.0151

McGrath Family Farms: 805-983-0333

Nov 05, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Taco Caterer for Party - Any Recs?

Huarache Azteca in HP has a sign up in their restaurant that says they do Taquizas, although have only had food from their restaurant.
They are at 323-478-9572.

Nov 04, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Where to take my family in Pasadena?

I like Julienne in San Marino, especially for breakfast. I like their pancakes and breakfast sandwich (w/bacon, avocado, jalapeno aioli). The menu changes seasonally. There is a nice area in front of the restaurant that is outdoors but covered and shaded which makes it a good place to sit most of the year. Good service and take out. Parking lot behind the restaurant through the alley.

Nov 02, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a good butcher in the LA area

Harvey Guss will sell you two steaks or a whole side. It is a bit out of the way for me, so I usually only use him to buy meat for parties, but he is accomodating when ordering small quantities. Last time I bought 12 racks of ribs, 6 chickens and 2 whole pork loins. Great quality, reasonable prices.

Nov 02, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Southern Style Caterer

I would try Harold & Belles Restaurant:

http://www.haroldandbellesrestaurant....

Good assortment on the menu-po boy sandwiches, fried chicken, etouffe, jambalaya, gumbo. Ive been at parties where they provided food in large quantities, although I dont know if they are a catering service per se that will deliver, set up, dish out and clean up.

Oct 08, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

ISO best popsicles in Los Angeles

Mexico has a history of freezing fruit based pops with either water or milk as a base. They are called paletas and offer the standard fuits-strawberries, watermelon, etc., but also offer interesting flavors--corn or cucumber as well as great combinations--think coconut dipped in chocolate or vanilla with walnuts. Many of the paletas have chunks of fruit in them as well. The state of Michoacan is especially known for paletas which means that in the greater Los Angeles area, a small army of shops/paleterias with names like Paletas Michoacan, Paleteria Michoacan or some other derivative thereof, have sprouted up. At times they are related but most of the time they are not. One that Ive been to:

Paleteria La Michoacana-Downtown @ Broadway
306 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, (213) 623-2650

The LA times did a story about them a few years ago:

http://www.latimes.com/features/print...

Oct 08, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

prickly pear information/sources?

alkylou-
The produce vendors in the Central and Olympic area, just southeast of downtown , have them. The vendors on the south side of the street will sell them individually or by the pound. The produce vendors on the north side of the street, where its fenced in but also open to the public, tend to sell in bulk.

Oct 05, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Beef Ribs

While I favor the sliced beef with mild sauce for lunch, with an extra beef link and coleslaw on the side, many mates love the beef ribs at Phillips. I like the branch on Crenshaw just south of Adams, mostly because there is an outdoor counter. New branch in Chino, at least the sign says. Tried it yet CWayne?

Sep 15, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Lunch Downtown? Options?

As others have mentioned, I would say Bottega Louie would be good. Please note that when I was there it was a Brunch menu being served from 9am to 3pm. That being said, we were happy with our selections.

At Pacific Dining Car they have a maryland crab hash that I like and breakfast served all day. The salad selection is good too for lunch. They are also good about getting you out on time for a show if you inform them when you get there.

Sep 11, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

restaurant supply

Dont recall what I bought at restaurant world, a few cutting boards I believe. At charlies ive bought an outdoor metal table, fry equipment, dishes and utensils. Ive been happy with the selection and customer service at Charlies as they can also special order items from catalogs.

Sep 11, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

restaurant supply

Along Venice and Washington, just west of Arlington there are a number of restaurant supply places. Among them is Charlies Fixtures, http://www.charliesfixtures.com/ and Restaurant World on Washington @ (323) 733-8353.

Directly answering your question, as others have stated, the dish factory is still downtown in the northern part of the toy district.

Sep 10, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Uncommon Meat

For suckling pig, veal and beef I would call Harvey Guss. Recently bought a whole pork loin. Top quality. Good prices. You have to call a day or two in advance.

949 S Ogden Dr.
(323) 937-4622

Apr 15, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area

Chile Verde

I like the chile verde at avila's el ranchito in the city of huntington park. At times they make it with pork ribs, at times with boneless pork. They also make it with nopales or verdolagas when available. Regardless of how it is prepared, it is always good. Freshly pressed and cooked corn tortillas as well.

Address:
6703 Santa Fe Ave.
Huntington Park, Ca
Phone: 323.585.5055

Apr 15, 2009
ickster in Los Angeles Area